Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

cacography

Definition:(noun) Poor handwriting.
Synonyms:scrawl, scribble, scratch
Usage: The pharmacist struggled to decipher Dr. Clark's cacography on my prescription and eventually had to call his office to get some clarification.
Article of the Day

Corsned: The Morsel of Execration

In Anglo-Saxon times, the corsned was a common "trial by ordeal" in which an accused person was given a chance to prove his or her innocence by undergoing a physical test—in the case of the corsned, swallowing a small piece of bread or cheese. If the morsel of food—which had been blessed by a priest—stuck in the throat of the accused, it was taken as a sure sign of guilt. History records at least one instance of that very outcome. What common phrases may have originally referenced the corsned? More...
This Day in History

Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode (1954)

In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. What happened when the senator accepted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vita Sackville-West (1892)

Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf, which inspired which of Woolf's novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

not have a hope in hell (of doing something)

To not have any chance at all of doing or achieving something. More...
Today's Holiday

Baron Bliss Day (2017)

Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest. More...
In the News

Fishermen Killing 100 Million Sharks Annually

Shark populations are in grave danger, say researchers, who estimate that we are killing approximately 100 million of the predatory marine creatures each year. At this rate, the sharks, many of which only reach maturity late in life, will not be able to maintain their numbers. Attempts to curb the killing of sharks by prohibiting finning —the widespread practice of harvesting fins from live sharks and then tossing the finless fish back into the ocean to die—have had little effect. If this overfishing continues, a number of shark species could face extinction. More...
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